Roberta's ZIP

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by gdcarpenter » Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:55 pm

Well done, and another zip takes the big plunge, the zip builder too :)

PS: Way cool to see those fenders bumbers on a ZIP - been looking at them and wondering if the gunwale on the ZIP was wide enough for them - asked and answered!
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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by Tom Drake » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:19 pm

Well done Roberta, The pics are great and they tell it all. Congratulations. You will really enjoy Oliver IV as the Zip is fun boat. By today's standards, the Zip might seem small, but I remember that as a kid, this was the typical family boat size. Very nostalgic. Now hook it up and bring it on down South where it's warm so you can log some happy hours.
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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by upspirate » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:19 am

Yea! Maybe we should make it a rule to splash the builder/owner when we first splash the boat.....we started a trend Roberta!! :wink: :roll: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by Buckeyesmith » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:48 am

Congratulations, great job. Tom Drake's Irish Rose now has company as inspiration for future Zip builders. Wish I was going to G5 to see it in person. Keep those pix coming.
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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by chefdwf » Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:09 am

:D I think I can speak for all new builders and say that your Zip build has been great to follow and given us all way to many ideas to incorporate in our projects! Thanks for allowing us to come along on your journey! Thanks again and your boat looks Fantastic!!!

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by jeffh » Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:46 am

Congratulations on the launch Roberta. I hope your in-water eye-level waterline inspection did not reveal any problems :wink: Seriously, I'm glad you are OK. Falling between the dock and a boat is scary. So when is the official christening?
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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by Oyster » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:32 am

Jeff, let me take this chance to ask you to please give us an update on your project. There are a lot of folks that would like to know the present statis. I think there are also folks that would like for you to visit the gathering with boat in tow, even if you do not have your boat up and running.

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by upspirate » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:02 pm

Buckeyesmith wrote:Congratulations, great job. Tom Drake's Irish Rose now has company as inspiration for future Zip builders. Wish I was going to G5 to see it in person. Keep those pix coming.
Don't forget Vupilot's , yours, the s/w Fla build(I forget the screen name...Tony? :oops: ) and I'm sure others....all beautiful builds!!

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by upspirate » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:04 pm

Oyster wrote:Jeff, let me take this chance to ask you to please give us an update on your project. There are a lot of folks that would like to know the present statis. I think there are also folks that would like for you to visit the gathering with boat in tow, even if you do not have your boat up and running.
I agree.

It would be great to see your boat,or just meet you and your wife(if I was going, but others will feel the same)

It'll help you for inspiration also.

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by Roberta » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:28 pm

Thanks, Everyone!!!! Been so busy today (laundryLOL) I almost missed these posts!!

I've been going crazy doing research on the tach and charging problems. I now know there is NO ALTERNATOR or CHARGING SYSTEM in my motor. In Mercury's infinite wisdom, they made the Merc 500S with electric start and no alternator system to charge the battery. Oh, well!!! I just need to make sure the battery stays charged. There may be some retro I could do down the road, like adding the flywheel and stator and rectifier. The tach is still under investigation. A call to Mercury Classic motor helpline was of no help. A call to Teleflex and Vee Three (makers of the tach I have) was equally useless. Seems I need an old tach that I may or maynot find with a module to make it work with the Lightning Energizer Ignition. Any body out there know anything about these MERC 500S motors? it is a 1969 serial # 2479563. According to my manual an A-45294A3 or A-53667A1 tach is what was recommended in the day along with module A-52552A3.

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by upspirate » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:42 pm

A lot of the old electric start motors didn't have charging systems :roll:

In those days, they didn't use stereos,depth finders,GPS,and all the other crap we've come to love over the last few years,and starting a few times a day wasn't a problem on a charge

You should be able to source those and retro fit from a 500E I would think

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by vupilot » Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:51 pm

With no charging circuit I take it you dont have a rectifier to hook the tach signal wire too then do you?

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by travis24 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 4:42 pm

Roberta,

I have a couple places to check out for your tach issues they might be able to help.

http://www.seawaymarine.com
http://www.southerncrownboatworks.com
http://www.fergusonpoolemarine.com

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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by rjlemay sherman ct » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:00 pm

very nice, Roberta
I am so glad that everything went well!!! It's such a good feeling!! I hope you have many great times in the little boat!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Roberta's ZIP

Post by Roberta » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:05 pm

No, No rectifier! :( I have been doing some more searching and will check out thos sites. I'm not too bummed out as I do not have a lot of electrical draw, so I should be OK as long as I keep an eye on the voltmeter and not get too run down. The tach is a bummer since I bought one that does not work with this engine. I will use my little mini tach to check rpms and I'll continue researching untill I decide what to do. I think I may try to retrofit a flywheel alternator and then I should be able to use the Teleflex tach.

Thanks everyone!!!

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Built Zip "Oliver IV", Super Spartan "Jimmy 70", and Torpedo "The Glen L".

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